Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Stranded

Well we got a lot more than we bargained for on my 12 day family holiday in the Costa Blanca in Spain this Easter. Like so many others we became stranded as the ash cloud from Iceland made it's way south over the UK and then Europe. We finally made it home partway through our fourth week and with rather depleted wallets! A holiday that will no doubt be remembered for our efforts to get home rather than our time actually there.


Still, the delay made for some unexpected time to explore and shoot some stock images from a round the region. Unfortunately while late April is a good time of year to avoid the tourists, the weather isn't always as generous as late spring and summer so I had to make do with mostly overcast, but bright conditions, oh and the odd flash flood. Blue sky travel brochure images were in short supply.


Still, there was plenty of interesting detail to be found, particularly round the city of Orihuela with it's multitude of churches on virtually every street corner. The climb up to the Seminary overlooking the city provided wonderful views of the old parts of the city, although it also gave rise to dissent from a younger member of the party unwilling to make the climb.


On the outskirts of Torrevieja lies a Natural Park and two salt lakes. At first glance it would be easy to dismiss this as barren and featureless, but I soon discovered there is far more than meets the eye and it allowed me a little landscape photography therapy while away from the UK.


It's nice to be back home, surrounded by green (the lawn is about 18 inches long in places!) and the weather is just great. I am eager to embark on my planned spring projects this week, as soon as I've caught up on the paperwork. So, what's the weather doing later this week? Hmm, rain.....